Check Point Advisories

Malformed PDF Version Header

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2014-2232
Date Published: 3 Dec 2014
Severity: High
Last Updated: 21 Nov 2017
Source: IPS Research Team
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R76, R75

Who is Vulnerable?
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Vulnerability Description PDF files may include a malformed version header. A remote attacker may use such a header inside PDF files to evade IPS inspection, in order to avoid detection of attacks against various PDF vulnerabilities.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block PDF files containing a malformed version header.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update.For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R76 / R75

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Malformed PDF Version Header protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Adobe Products Violation.
Attack Information:  Malformed PDF Version Header

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